Although i love winter's intense blue skies, weak yellow sunshine and blindingly white snow, an abundance of gray and dreary days have been around lately. It may be the month of March, but the season and weather conditions are still screaming 'winter!'. In fact, as i write this, it has begun to snow/sleet again. This after a snowed in weekend.
This being the fourth month of these weather conditions, i don't love winter any less, i just look forward to the spring more.
I was looking through some pictures from last summer, and was struck at how full and green everything was, the intense colors of flowers and clothing.
But then, walking down the street with my friend yesterday [above and below photos], the realization came to me that WINTER. IS. NOT. DREARY. OR. COLORLESS. It, like a whole host of things, only is what you want it to be.
If one has an outlook of cold, uncomfortable, boring, harsh and distasteful, that is exactly what winter will be.
But if we choose to look at these glorious winter months as a brisk, invigorating, charming and yes, colorful, we can turn something that others look on with dread into another chapter of joy in our lives.
After all, a yellow house may be somewhat lost in summertime, being surrounded by bright sun, green grass and trees and colorful flowers. Yet it's so much more striking set on a backdrop of white and brown.
The same goes for her red coat. Who says dark colors are for winter? In summer/spring/fall everyone wears fun colors. Why are most coats black? Red is much more fun and stands out in the snow and on dark days.
Observe some of the colors i captured this winter. I didn't know i was going to make this post until about an hour ago when i was walking down the street and saw a lime green house I've seen a million times, but it was so bright this afternoon. So in other words, i didn't go out taking pictures to prove my point (in fact, most of the photos were taken while in the car going somewhere). This is stuff i'm unintentionally collected over winter and i myself am looking at it through different eyes...
|newspaper buried in snow|
|old church in setting sun|
|Christmas lights in a downtown|
|snake on top of a frozen pond|
|cousins running with dogs|
We'll end with a picture of two of my favorite things in the world (Daisy got a hair trim yesterday!) and with a reminder that winter does have wonderful things for us, if only we will look.